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Afternoon Tea at the Castle

The Rundle Lounge takes England's most beloved ritual to new heights. Enjoy the wonderful tradition of Afternoon Tea at the Castle, surrounded by breathtaking views of Banff's majestic mountain peaks. Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Banff Springs offers 12 of our finest loose leaf teas accompanied by an assortment of Victorian scones, dainty finger sandwiches and delectable pastries. Reserve your tea time now.

Bow Falls

Enjoy the incredible views of the river, Mount Rundle and Tunnel Mountain. Bow Falls is formed by the Bow River flowing over the limestone bedrock between Mount Rundle and Tunnel Mountain. You will also view the confluence of the Bow and Spray Rivers.

From the Bow Falls parking lot, follow Bow Falls Drive back up to turn right on Spray Avenue. Follow Spray Avenue down to the next set of lights and turn left on to Mountain Avenue. Mountain Avenue will lead you to the Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gondola parking lots.

The Upper Hot Springs

This restored 1930’s bathhouse, is the location where visitors come to “take the waters”. Enjoy the outdoor spring fed hot pool, with incredible views of Mount Rundle. Please see the Concierge Desk for current hours of operation.

Dine at 1888 Chop House

Set within the impressive Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 1888 Chop House is the next chapter in the tradition of extraordinary dining restaurants at the Castle. Executive Chef jW Foster presents a modern twist on the authentic chop house with a menu focused on prime cuts of Alberta beef, sustainably sourced wild game and Ocean Wise seafood.

An intimate culinary destination for all occasions, we invite you to settle in with friends or to pull up a seat at our intimate bar and allow our mixologist to entertain you! Book your table now.

The Cave and Basin Centennial Centre

The Cave and Basin National Historic Site of Canada, commemorates the birthplace of Canada’s National Parks system which began here in 1885. The growth and development of Canada’s national parks are celebrated in interactive displays and exhibits. Naturally occurring, warm mineral springs can be found inside the cave, and outside in an emerald coloured basin.

On foot, enjoy The Discovery Trail, Marsh Trail or Marsh Loop walks, offering an interesting landscape with warm springs trickling through, great views and information on our natural history. Please visit the Concierge Desk for current hours of operation.

From the Cave and Basin Centre, follow Cave Avenue to turn left on the Bow River Bridge. Take your next right on Buffalo Street until you reach the Surprise Corner viewpoint. 

Surprise Corner

Enjoy the spectacular view and take a photograph of our “Castle in the Rockies from this famous vantage point.

Continue driving from Surprise Corner as this road will lead you on to Tunnel Mountain Drive.

As you are enjoying this scenic drive, please be cautious when encountering wildlife. Remember to stay at least three bus lengths away.  Take it slowly if needed, while enjoying your surroundings!

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